12 new writing prompts to try!
Published: February 3, 2009
|Here are a dozen writing prompts per month sure to surprise you and get your writer brain working. They are drawn from a full year's calendar of prompts called The Power of Daily Writing: 365 Prompts to Help You Write Each Day, by Montana writer Christine Valentine. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies, including Hard Ground: Writing the Rockies III and IV; Foreign Ground: Travelers Tales; and Blessed Pests of the Beloved West. Purchase information is available at the end of this excerpt.|
|Pick a prompt, set your timer for 10 minutes and get writing! (No revising or correcting—just keep writing until the 10 minutes is up.)|
1. Write about school recess.
2. Write 3 haiku poems about food, in 5-7-5 form.
3. What is the difference between loneliness and solitude for you?
4. Write a story about finding a treasure.
5. What do you do when you can't sleep?
6. Write about breakfast.
7. What smells let you know fall is in the air?
8. Write about swimming pools.
9. Write about a place where you'd like to go to write.
10. What was your favorite toy as a child?
11. Write about candlelight.
12. You are lost in the wilderness. How will you get out?
From The Power of Daily Writing: 365 Prompts to Help You Write Each Day, by Christine Valentine; used with permission. Her calendar book, designed so you can start writing any day of the year, motivates you to write regularly and helps you create many pieces of free-writing. The calendar, which makes a fine gift, is available for $12 plus $1.75 for first-class shipping. Send check or money order for $13.75 to: Christine Valentine, Box 547, Birney, MT 59012.